FirstEnergy Can't Duck CERCLA Suit Over Polluted Fla. Sites

Law360, New York (March 18, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT) -- An Ohio federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss Progress Energy's suit against FirstEnergy Corp. over cleanup costs at two polluted Florida sites, finding that FirstEnergy's predecessor might have left the company liable for the contamination.

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster said it was plausible that FirstEnergy's notoriously corrupt predecessor, Associated Gas & Electric Corp., or Ageco, dominated the subsidiaries directly responsible for the dumping of hazardous tars and oils into the soil and groundwater at two sites in Orlando and Sanford, Fla.

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